Brian Rowell wins Victoria/APT Tour Open

Rey Castillo By Rey Castillo

April 1, 2017 at 10:42 p.m.

Brian Rowell follows through his shot during the Victoria/APT Tour Open at the Victoria Country Club on Saturday.  Rowell shot a 71 in the final round Saturday to win his third Victoria/APT title.

Brian Rowell follows through his shot during the Victoria/APT Tour Open at the Victoria Country Club on Saturday. Rowell shot a 71 in the final round Saturday to win his third Victoria/APT title.    Barclay Fernandez for The Victoria Advocate

Brian Rowell wasn't aware his birdie on the 18th hole avoided a five-man playoff to determine this year's Victoria/APT Tour Open champion at the Victoria Country Club on Saturday.

Rowell, who is from Broussard, Louisiana, spent the majority of the day in second place before calmly sinking the game-winning shot to give him his third Victoria/APT overall title and his first since 2015.

"No way," Rowell said. "I thought if I two-putted, I'd might get in a playoff with one person. That just makes it sweeter."

Rowell's game-winner also earned him a cash prize of $27,500. The total purse for the tournament was $100,000. The win gave the 17-year professional the 10th professional championship of his career.

"It was such a hard day," Rowell said. "It was such a grind and it was hard to make a two-foot put. I'm so excited right now because it's been a couple of years since I last won. I'm just overwhelmed right now."

Rowell battled through strong winds to shoot 71 on Saturday to finish with a four-day total of 275.

PGA professionals Michael Arnaud, Nicholas Flanagan, Kyle Jones and Robby Ormand finished in a four-way tie for second place, each earning $9,868.75.

"It's hard to win," Rowell said. "There are so many young guys out here."

Victoria residents Joe Mitchell Jr., Jonathan Allen and Casey Russell missed the cut after the second round Thursday.

"It's exciting," said Mitchell, who is the Victoria Country Club head golf professional. "Unfortunately this year, I didn't have my game and my focus was a little off with work. But I've had a lot of good years. It's all about the mindset."

Mitchell finished seventh at the APT in 2009 and shot 75 and 78 for a 153 on Thursday.

"We've had this event since 1993 and I've been fortunate enough to play in this event since 1998," Mitchell said. "It's exciting and it's another chance for us as the club professional to compete with these guys."

Rowell admits the Victoria Country Club has its share of challenges. But now that he's won the event, it's become one of his favorite courses.

"All of my friends keep telling me how much I love it here. I guess I do," he said. "The course is so hard, but I guess me and this course are starting to get along."

2017 Victoria/APT Open

Victoria Country Club

Saturday results

1 Brian Rowell 68-67-69-71-275 -9 $27,500

T2 Michael Arnaud 68-69-72-67-276 -8 $9,868.75

T2 Nicholas Flanagan 70-68-70-68-276 -8 $9,868.75

T2 Kyle Jones 68-64-75-69-276 -8 $9,868.75

T2 Robby Ormand 67-69-69-71-276 -8 $9,868.75

T6 Andrew Lister 71-67-67-72-277 -7 $4,862.50

T6 Ryan O'Rear 72-64-69-72-277 -7 $4,862.50

T8 Edward Loar 69-70-74-65-278 -6 $3,393.75

T8 Charlie Holland 66-70-72-70-278 -6 $3,393.75

T8 Lance Lopez 68-68-70-72-278 -6 $3,393.75

T8 Jordan Russell 70-70-67-71-278 -6 $3,393.75

T12 Sean Walsh 72-67-70-70-279 -5 $2,356.25

T12 Michael Whitehead 68-72-69-70-279 -5 $2,356.25

T12 Franklin Corpening 70-67-70-72-279 -5 $2,356.25

T12 Hunter Sparks 66-69-70-74-279 -5 $2,356.25

16 Daniel Obremski 69-67-74-70-280 -4 $2,100

T17 Blake Trimble 66-70-76-69-281 -3 $1,931.25

T17 Matt Mabrey 69-69-71-72-281 -3 $1,931.25

T17 Dylan Healey 65-68-70-78-281 -3 $1,931.25

T17 Vaita Guillaume 67-67-70-77-281 -3 $1,931.25

T21 Chris Brown 67-69-75-71-282 -2 $1,665

T21 Trent Whitekiller 68-72-69-73-282 -2 $1,665

T21 Chris Ward Lubbock 69-71-73-69-282 -2 $1,665

T21 Michael Gligic 67-67-73-75-282 -2 $1,665

T25 Johnathan Schnitzer 71-71-68-73-283 -1 $1,422.50

T25 Steven Fox 70-70-70-73-283 -1 $1,422.50

T25 Chris Worrell 68-73-69-73-283 -1 $1,422.50

T25 Ben Hargis 69-69-74-71-283 -1 $1,422.50

T29 Joshua Creel 72-68-71-73-284 E $1,236.67

T29 Logan McCracken 72-68-74-70-284 E $1,236.67

T29 Garrett Fey 74-68-74-68-284 E $1,236.67

T32 Julio Vegas 67-71-72-75-285 +1 $1,090

T32 Chris Tidland 72-68-76-69-285 +1 $1,090

T32 Kolton Crawford 66-76-74-69-285 +1 $1,090

T32 Andrew Presley 68-73-76-68-285 +1 $1,090

T32 Bj Staten 71-71-75-68-285 +1 $1,090

T37 Victor Lange 70-71-68-77-286 +2 $934

T37 Jesse Hutchins 67-73-70-76-286 +2 $934

T37 Derek Oland 68-72-74-72-286 +2 $934

T37 Cameron Bishop 69-73-72-72-286 +2 $934

T37 Brax McCarthy 68-71-76-71-286 +2 $934

42 Ryan Baca 72-70-72-73-287 +3 $840

T43 Myles Lewis 69-69-73-77-288 +4 $775

T43 Jonathan Diianni 68-70-74-76-288 +4 $775

T43 Roman Robledo 68-73-74-73-288 +4 $775

T46 Gregory Yates 72-67-76-74-289 +5 $717.50

T46 Bill Allcorn 73-69-73-74-289 +5 $717.50

48 Matt Porter 72-68-73-77-290 +6 $685

49 Nick Arman 69-73-72-78-292 +8 $660

50 Stuart Smallwood 71-70-80-73-294 +10 $640

51 Anthony Tocco 71-71-75-80-297 +13 $615

52 Tayler Termeer 71-71-76-80-298 +14 $595

MISSED THE CUT

MC Craig McCoy Plano, TX 67-76-0-0--143 +1

MC Matthew Henson Austin, TX 70-73-0-0--143 +1

MC Darron Stiles Pinehurst, NC 70-73-0-0--143 +1

MC David Lutterus Ft Worth, TX 73-70-0-0--143 +1

MC James Ross The Woodlands, TX 70-73-0-0--143 +1

MC Tom Adrounie Windermere, FL 70-73-0-0--143 +1

MC Chad Ramey Fulton, MS 69-74-0-0--143 +1

MC Zahkai Brown Golden, CO 68-75-0-0--143 +1

MC Alex Carpenter Dallas, TX 71-72-0-0--143 +1

MC Blair Hamilton Burlington, Ontario, Canada 74-69-0-0--143 +1

MC Blake Pugh Southlake, TX 75-69-0-0--144 +2

MC Matthew Van Winkle Castroville, TX 71-73-0-0--144 +2

MC Jeff Hageman Fort Worth, TX 72-72-0-0--144 +2

MC Justin McKay Crosby, TX 72-72-0-0--144 +2

MC Rob Hudson Dallas, TX 71-73-0-0--144 +2

MC Wehman Hopke Austin, TX 70-74-0-0--144 +2

MC Devin Miertschin El Paso, TX 74-70-0-0--144 +2

MC Ben Boyle Pittsburgh, PA 75-69-0-0--144 +2

MC Justin Bryant St. Louis, MO 72-72-0-0--144 +2

MC Kevin Dougherty Murrieta, CA 75-70-0-0--145 +3

MC Freddie Janneck Dallas, TX 71-74-0-0--145 +3

MC Kramer Hickok Dallas, TX 73-72-0-0--145 +3

MC Tyler Gann Cypress, TX 68-77-0-0--145 +3

MC Fred Wedel The Woodlands, TX 74-71-0-0--145 +3

MC Zach Cabra McKinney, TX 71-75-0-0--146 +4

MC Nathan Anderson Burleson, TX 72-74-0-0--146 +4

MC Herbert Day Kingwood, TX 74-72-0-0--146 +4

MC Chuck Spears Pineville, LA 71-75-0-0--146 +4

MC Scott Kelly Austin, TX 69-78-0-0--147 +5

MC Carr Vernon Poplar Bluff, MO 72-75-0-0--147 +5

MC Garrison Lackey Weslaco, TX 74-73-0-0--147 +5

MC Pete Fernandez Costa Mesa, CA 76-71-0-0--147 +5

MC Paul Haley Dallas, TX 70-77-0-0--147 +5

MC Jace Long McKinney, TX 72-75-0-0--147 +5

MC Kyle Williams Tomball, TX 71-76-0-0--147 +5

MC Jonathan Allen Victoria, Tx 74-73-0-0--147 +5

MC Albert Miner Dallas, TX 73-75-0-0--148 +6

MC Will Dusenbury Boerne, TX 75-73-0-0--148 +6

MC Casey Russell West Monroe, LA 72-76-0-0--148 +6

MC Michael Smith Lafayette, LA 71-77-0-0--148 +6

MC Curtis Reed Castroville, TX 73-75-0-0--148 +6

MC Eric Kline Ponca City, OK 70-78-0-0--148 +6

MC Cheyne Kendall Deer Park, TX 72-76-0-0--148 +6

MC Eric Beringer Boca Raton, FL 74-74-0-0--148 +6

MC Juan Gutierrez Maracaibo, Zulia 71-77-0-0--148 +6

MC Troy Beaver Salisbury, NC 73-75-0-0--148 +6

MC Joe Migdal Ballwin, MO 72-77-0-0--149 +7

MC Brice Howard Hot Springs, AR 72-77-0-0--149 +7

MC Craig Kanada The Woodlands, TX 73-76-0-0--149 +7

MC Mj Daffue Kingwood, TX 76-73-0-0--149 +7

MC Taylor Griffith Joplin, MO 74-75-0-0--149 +7

MC Ryan Burgess Dallas, TX 71-78-0-0--149 +7

MC Daniel Trevino Dallas, TX 71-79-0-0--150 +8

MC Mark Victorian Abbeville, LA 71-79-0-0--150 +8

MC Zachary Dittmer Kansas City, MO 75-75-0-0--150 +8

MC Alex Moon Dallas, TX 74-76-0-0--150 +8

MC Billy Gaffney Buffalo, NY 75-75-0-0--150 +8

MC John Kyle Friendswood, TX 76-75-0-0--151 +9

MC Mitchell Griffin Austin, TX 75-76-0-0--151 +9

MC Casey Harty Albuquerque, NM 75-76-0-0--151 +9

MC Jadon Mehra San Antonio, TX 77-74-0-0--151 +9

MC Carlo Grever San Antonio, TX 75-76-0-0--151 +9

MC Derek Fribbs Thornton, CO 74-78-0-0--152 +10

MC Mike Higgins Oklahoma City, OK 78-74-0-0--152 +10

MC Jonathan Vasquez Bryan, TX 73-79-0-0--152 +10

MC Rustin Purser Edmond, OK 75-77-0-0--152 +10

MC Drew Evans Dallas, TX 68-84-0-0--152 +10

MC Andrew Minton (a) Houston, TX 76-76-0-0--152 +10

MC Zachary Collings Fort Worth, TX 75-77-0-0--152 +10

MC True Graves Odessa, TX 74-78-0-0--152 +10

MC Jamey Taylor Friendswood, TX 81-72-0-0--153 +11

MC Brian Whittle Golden City, MO 74-79-0-0--153 +11

MC Peter Fox Mission, TX 74-79-0-0--153 +11

MC Joe Mitchell Victoria, Tx 75-78-0-0--153 +11

MC Mason Horner Argyle, TX 77-76-0-0--153 +11

MC Scott Hamel St. Louis, MO 74-79-0-0--153 +11

MC Preston Cole Greer, SC 73-80-0-0--153 +11

MC Nathaniel James Fort Worth, TX 77-76-0-0--153 +11

MC Cash Wilkerson Spring, TX 75-79-0-0--154 +12

MC Gabriel Alcala Austin, TX 74-80-0-0--154 +12

MC Tyler Hargus Shawnee, OK 71-83-0-0--154 +12

MC Ryan Prasad The Woodlands, TX 75-79-0-0--154 +12

MC Eric Smith Plano, TX 78-76-0-0--154 +12

MC Jeff Wibawa Encino, CA 81-75-0-0--156 +14

MC Thomas Garza Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 77-80-0-0--157 +15

MC Kirk Thomas II Bossier City, LA 82-76-0-0--158 +16

MC Christopher Reinert Kansas City, MO 79-80-0-0--159 +17

MC Michael Giordano Landenberg, PA 88-0-0-0--88 +17

MC Wes Patterson Memphis, TN 78-84-0-0--162 +20

MC Carter Schwartz Brenham, TX 84-79-0-0--163 +21

MC Adam Stanchos San Antonio, TX 84-80-0-0--164 +22

MC Gideon Lytle Diboll, TX 81-84-0-0--165 +23

MC Samuel Marx Mountain Home, AR 79-88-0-0--167 +25

MC Joseph Arredondo Kyle, TX 84-84-0-0--168 +26

WD Mark Walker Hurst, TX -1

WD Coy Dobson Corpus Christi, TX +4

WD Christian Jalomo Richmond, TX +4

WD Shane Gilbert Derby, KS +7

WD Jay Milinichik Tulsa, OK +18

DQ Patrick Sullivan Maumelle, AR -5

DQ Brian Coe Dallas, TX -1

DQ Weston Neesham San Antonio, TX E

DQ Cameron Button Deer Park, TX +11


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